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Most Beautiful Christmas Poem Premiere Contest Winner

Huddled in muddy trenches, the soldiers heard an eerie sound. Troops were English, French & Belgians, and as they looked around, The sound was coming from the German enemy lines just 50 yards away. It was singing, and the German soldiers were approaching on that day. It was the twenty fourth of December nineteen fourteen. Between France and Belgium, The Western Front, was the scene. As Germans left their trenches a cry of “Merry Christmas” could be heard. Our solders could only watch without saying, even one word. The German solders looked so jovial, it didn’t seem to be a trick, Our soldiers hesitated, slowly coming out, their actions were not quick. Soon they were striding up to the oncoming soldiers, accepting their invite. The beautiful singing drew them in, even though they feared it wasn’t right. There was laughing and joking, and they all exchanged gifts sent from home. Seemed all men were the same, didn’t matter from where they roam. They smoked and showed each other photos of their children & wives. For a short time, they were comrades not one bit afraid for their lives. As night fell, drowned in soft moonlight, German carols filled the air. They beckoned the others, to sing and came the answer ‘heaven Forbid’ Via a mean soldier, “I’d rather die” Came the reply “T’would kill us if you did”. Laughter resounded, and the allies began O Come All Ye Faithful, in tune. Germans sang the same Hymn, in Latin Adeste Fideles, under the moon. I wonder if it crossed their minds “Just what are we fighting for?” How extraordinary, enemies singing together a carol in the middle of a war. By morning gifts of cake, smokes and clothes were exchanged by each side. Men chatting as a magician and a juggler were enjoyed, with eyes open wide. A barber in civilian life, gave haircuts. Soldiers had notes they addressed, Hoping to be taken to their loved ones in France and England in the west. Soccer broke out. The game went hours, that history making Christmas day. Soldiers on both sides spent time burying their comrades, to their dismay. Soldiers who had been killed in fighting that preceded that wonderful truce. A truce that should be an example of what we humans can willingly produce. A true show, that men aren’t killing machines, everyone, a husband or a son. A true Christmas Miracle from the bloody chapters of World War One. Mystic Rose Rose Contest Name MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS POEM 27/11/2022 Non Fiction. First Place Winner.

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Date: 12/22/2022 4:48:00 PM
Wendy, this is a wonderful poetic telling of a remarkable moment in time, when "Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men" was a true reality overcoming death, hatred, retribution, and all mankind's worst attributes. I love all the details you included, such as the Christmas carols, haircuts, gifts, and soccer game. Enjoyed very much, congrats for your win ~ John
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Wendy Horder
Date: 12/22/2022 5:14:00 PM
Thank you John. The story won the glory for this. I was merely a humble voice reminding those that knew of it, and enlightening those that didn't know of it. Its always been a wondrous story to me, and apart from the first Christmas story, its my favorite.
Date: 12/22/2022 12:20:00 PM
Absolutely Fine...a work of Perfection, in Celebration of 'Him' who is So Worthy! Enjoyed Immensely. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! luv~
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Wendy Horder
Date: 12/22/2022 5:10:00 PM
My heart beats more strongly when I read comments like yours Joyce. It has always been my favourite Christmas story, as that blessed day, united men that never should have been pitted against each other, men that held no hate in their hearts for each other, and it saddens me that it lasted such a brief time. When will we ever learn to love & respect our fellow man (and woman) as He expects us to?
Date: 12/11/2022 4:02:00 AM
Soldiers just do the dirty work of warped politicians and zealots, as seen in Russia at the moment. Your great poem highlights this, and we know from history the truth of it.
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Wendy Horder
Date: 12/11/2022 5:21:00 AM
So true Paul. Hundreds of thousands of lives lost, following orders from men who never spent a day in battle themselves. When will it stop? Thank you for your comment.
Date: 12/10/2022 2:14:00 AM
I just saw this, Wendy. It is an amazing poem! I don't agree it is too wordy; it is that informal wording that suits it exactly right. Elizabeth
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Wendy Horder
Date: 12/10/2022 2:29:00 AM
Thank you Elizabeth. It is a lovely story because it really happened, and your comment is really appreciated. I hold you in high esteem for your wonderful talented poetry writing. Your Friend, Wendy.
Date: 12/5/2022 6:57:00 AM
Congratulations on your Trophy win - it's a marvellous poem you have created - an extraordinary non-fiction! A Fave for me. Love and warm wishes ~ Mala
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Wendy Horder
Date: 12/5/2022 8:35:00 AM
Thank you Mala, I agree it is a monumental story and I was proud to bring it to Soup readers, for those that hadn't heard of it before and to remind those that had already heard of it happening. Thank you for your kind words.
Date: 12/2/2022 11:35:00 AM
A true testament to the love that the heart contains if not forced to hate, manifested in the most extraordinary way possible...... Congratulations on your Trophy win:-)
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Wendy Horder
Date: 12/2/2022 12:49:00 PM
Thank you Ranaditya, I was proud to be able to bring this story to people who had not heard of it before. Than you for your comment. Every time think of that extraordinary Christmas day it warms my heart.
Date: 11/29/2022 5:29:00 PM
Congratulations on your Trophy win, Wendy Horder! One night in 1914, this extraordinary miracle happened on Christmas Eve. Amaizing story. [I joined the Soup 12/20/21!] and am going to rejoin, so thankful.
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/29/2022 5:41:00 PM
Its a really wonderful group isn't it Anaya? Some groups on the internet seems to bring out the worst in people. THIS group brings out the BEST in folk ( or just brings out the "best people" :) . Thank you for your comment and I agree, it is a very special story. Best wishes .. Wendy
Date: 11/29/2022 9:41:00 AM
Wendy, back with congratulations on your podium win with this marvelous poem about miracles - enemies coming face to face and God's amazing grace! Again, sending you all the blessings of this holy season of miracles!
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/29/2022 11:37:00 AM
It was a vey unexpected honor. Thank you so much for your warm wishes Sam. Peace be with you my friend and may we all live to see, Peace reign over the earth and we will all live in harmony.
Date: 11/29/2022 12:51:00 AM
Congratulations Wendy, what a wonderful poem, this is beautiful and depicts this story so well, a favourite for me in so many ways :) x
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Angela Tune
Date: 11/29/2022 10:08:00 AM
Tell a lie, it was 14th November I joined :) brain fog city here :)
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Angela Tune
Date: 11/29/2022 10:05:00 AM
Awww happy soup birthday, I think mine was 27th November funnily enough :)
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/29/2022 1:07:00 AM
Thank you so much Angela, your words are a delight for me to read. I am so thankful for the day 12 months ago that I found Soup. It's members are the salt of the internet.
Date: 11/28/2022 3:07:00 PM
I didn't know this--how absolutely beautiful! Why oh why can't we settle grievances with words (or song)? You put the story into poetry so beautifully. I'm faving this! Congratulations on First!
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/28/2022 8:36:00 PM
Its been my favourite Christmas story since I was a child. Yes Ann it is wonderful, and such a pity it didnt make more of a difference, Not sure how true it is but I have read where the men on both sides only shot up in the air for a good while after that day. Many thanks for your comment Ann.
Date: 11/28/2022 4:41:00 AM
Wow this is so nice to read. Excellent poem. Congratulations for your top win. A Fave for me :)
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/28/2022 8:32:00 PM
Thank you so Much Heidi. I was telling Jenna that I thought I had done an awkward job of it, so it was a big surprise. To be honest I think the story won, more than my poetry. It is a wonderful true story,
Date: 11/28/2022 12:56:00 AM
This is most amazing. Congrats, and thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/28/2022 1:46:00 AM
Hi Curtis, Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too. It is an amazing story and all the better because its true. I wonder could it ever happen again ?
Date: 11/28/2022 12:36:00 AM
Wow! Brilliant writing, Wendy, congratulations on your trophy win:)
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/28/2022 1:47:00 AM
Thanks Jo, I think the story won it more than my writing. It is a wonderful story, because it actually happened.
Date: 11/27/2022 7:21:00 PM
Ah man! I had to get a tissue for this one. Wow. Thank you for sharing. I didn't remember that history lesson. So beautiful!!
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/28/2022 1:50:00 AM
You're smarter than me, but we sure are alike Becky ! ( I think I have said that before).
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Becky Forbes
Date: 11/28/2022 12:45:00 AM
Oh my! That's my favorite Christmas song too :-)
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/27/2022 9:53:00 PM
It is a wonderful story. Its always been my favorite. But then I am a bit weird. Snoopy's Christmas is my favorite Christmas Song ! Thanks Becky. What a pity it couldn't happen every day of every war !.
Date: 11/27/2022 6:15:00 PM
Congratulations on your wonderfully written story, Wendy.
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/27/2022 6:23:00 PM
Oh Jenna, I just noticed the trophy next to my poem.. I nearly fell over.. I take back my "cheeky brat" remark. I thought you were kidding about it being good !
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/27/2022 6:15:00 PM
lol cheeky brat !!!!
Date: 11/27/2022 1:38:00 PM
This is one of the most amazing Christmas, miracle stories - the Prince of Peace in prophecy. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. So well done! Best wishes for the contest. Sending you blessings of miracles for Christmas.
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/27/2022 1:51:00 PM
Oh Sam thank you for taking the time to read this. Yes I agree. I still get teary thinking about it. Tears of joy for the Miracle and tears of sorrow that it wasn't a wake up call for mankind to stop all wars. I believe the hierarchy on both sides tried to hide the fact that it happened and denied it ever happened. However hundreds of enlisted men from both armies bore testament that it did happen on that memorable Christmas day.
Date: 11/27/2022 8:25:00 AM
This is a history lesson we studied a long time ago.
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/27/2022 9:58:00 AM
Yes Victor, I think it is a beautiful piece of history, don't you ? I think all the contest entries will refer to a particular time in history. Its not really a contest for fiction, I imagine.
Date: 11/27/2022 5:02:00 AM
Wow. just love it! Such a poem! God bless you. Love, Gina
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Wendy Horder
Date: 11/27/2022 5:32:00 AM
Its long an wordy and not very well written, but apart from the obvious Christmas story, this one has always been my favorite. The challenge to make a poem of it was a bit beyond me, but I wanted to tell it to my friends on Soup. Like the story of the first Christmas, it really happened, and it is a tribute to His Love. Thank you Regina for your kind words. My grandfather lost his life on the Western Front in World War 1 and is buried in Belgium, a young father with a wife and four children, my mother, the youngest.